Back in June, we reported that American Mach-E buyers would receive up to five free “fill ups” through FordPass Rewards at Electrify America fast-charging stations, as well as access to certified installers for charging equipment at home. But Ford is also keen to make the transition to an all-electric vehicle easy for European Mustang Mach-E buyers as well. Thus, the automaker has announced a host of support and easy charging solutions to make that experience as stress-free as possible.
Today, Ford announced partnerships for Ford Connected Wallbox installation services with six companies covering 14 markets across Europe, to deliver simple, cost-effective charging solutions at home. In addition, two charging cables will be included with European Mustang Mach-E purchases as standard equipment.
The company also recently announced 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E customers placing an order this year and into 2021 will receive five years of free access to the FordPass Charging Network, and one year of free access to the IONITY fast-charging network.
The optional Ford Connected Wallbox is designed to make charging from home faster and more convenient. The wallboxes will be installed by Alpiq in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, Centrica in the UK and Ireland, DEFA in Norway and Sweden, Eneco in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg, ETRA in Spain and Portugal, and by Zeborne in France.
Available in 7.4 kW and 11 kW versions, the wall-mounted charger is capable of topping up the Mustang Mach-E battery from 10 percent to 80 percent in approximately 6 hours.
Owners can remotely monitor and control the Ford Connected Wallbox from their smartphone using the FordPass smartphone app, enabling them to check on current charge, energy used, and even remotely enable family or friends to use the charger. The wallboxes are weather-proofed for outdoor installation, and are equipped with an integrated 7.5 meter cable.
The two included charging cables consist of the FordPublic Charge Cable, which is compatible with the common charging standard in Europe. The second – called the Universal Home Charge Cord – connects to blue industrial sockets for higher speed charging.
Currently, there are more than 155,000 FordPass Charging Network charge stations across Europe, making it the largest network of public charging stations in the region. In addition, the IONITY consortium now boasts over 270 high-power charging stations along motorway routes and at key European locations, en route to a targeted 400 by the end of this year.
Customers will be able to use the FordPass app to effortlessly locate, navigate to, pay for, and monitor charging at locations across 21 countries – initiating and paying for services from a single account.